Hydrophilic Polymers Discussion Starters


Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations BlogYour students may already be aware of some ways that hydrophilic polymers are used in our daily lives.  For instance, Sodium Polyacrylate is an essential component of disposable diapers, and Growing Spheres are often used by florists as a soil-free way to store water and keep cut flowers fresh for a long time.

But what else can hydrophilic polymers do?  The answer is, plenty!

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Hydrophilic Polymers Humor


Educational Innovations Newsletter - HumorIt’s not that easy to find jokes about superabsorbent hydrophilic polymers… unless you have a dry sense of humor.  (Get it?)  Why not insert a bit of humor into your next quiz or homework page?  Extra points for students who guess the right answers to our riddles!

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.

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You Said It! Hydrophilic Product Reviews


Educational Innovations Newsletter - You Said ItWhat do artificial snow and baby diapers have in common?  Some folks may scratch their heads, but if you’re a science teacher you probably already know the answer(s):  they both contain sodium polyacrylate, and they both fall into the fascinating category of SAPs—superabsorbent polymers.  These polymers simply LOVE water!

This edition of our newsletter is all about hydrophilic, or water loving, materials.  We’re proud to share these comments from science loving teachers!

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UV Sensitive Putty: Wonder and Curiosity in a Can


Electricity from Mud?! Educational Innovations Blogby Nancy Foote

It’s always fun to put a new item on the curiosity table to see how my students will react.  The newest addition was Arctic Flare UV Sensitive Putty, a gift from our friends at Educational Innovations.

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Slime Humor


Educational Innovations Newsletter - HumorLet’s face it—slime is funny stuff!  You don’t have to be a slug or snail to appreciate the humor in this slippery, squishy, non-Newtonian fluid. Enjoy our slime humor!

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.

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